Tag Archives: Nature

A Good Day

The cat and the tiger are best of friends.  Every day the cat visits the tiger in the zoo.  He is very punctual.  They spend a great deal of time together and they talk about everything.  The tiger wishes he could be free to go back home to the jungle.  They devise a plan for the tiger to escape from the zoo.  The intricately detailed illustrations depict the zoo perfectly. mjw
Title: A Good Day
Author: Daniel Nesquens
Illustrator
: Miren Asiain Lora
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: Spanish
Original Title
: Un Buen Dia
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5530-5
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s residence
: Spain
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Buenos Aire , Argentina
Subjects
: Cats, Freedom, Tigers, Zoos

Child Of St. Kilda

Norman John Gilles was one of the last children born on St. Kilda, a group of islands with high cliffs off the Scottish coast.   People lived there for over four thousand years, thriving in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. They survived on sea birds, eggs, and potatoes. There was no crime or need for money.  They had no automobiles.  They trusted and cared for each other. The community came to an abrupt end in 1930 when the remaining St. Kildans begged the British government to evacuate them to the mainland. No one knows what happened. Today, the islands have become a World Heritage Site, recognized for their unique wildlife and vanished culture. The book concludes with a St. Kilda Sketchbook that provides more information and a map.  The stunning images were created by hand using monoprinting techniques. mjw
Title: Child Of St. Kilda
Author: Beth Waters
Illustrator
: Beth Waters
Publisher
: Child’s Play. Auburn, Maine. USA
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-78628-188-3
Hardcover pages
: 64 
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book, Information Book, Nonfiction
Book setting
: Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Cambridge, U.K.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: Cambridge, U.K.
Subjects
: Birds, History, Immigration, Mystery, Storms, Survival

Song Of The River

Cam the mountain boy wishes he could go to the sea.  He follows the river from its source as a trickle of water running through pine trees all the way to the coast.  He follows it through the forest, farmlands, and towns.  Rich, detailed landscape illustrations explore the world of the river. mjw
Title: Song Of The River
Author: Joy Cowley
Illustrator
: Kimberly Andrews
Publisher
: Gecko Press. New Zealand
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-1-776572-53-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: North America
Author’s ethnicity
: New Zealander
Author’s residence
: Wellington, New Zealand
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: New Zealand
Subjects
: Grandfathers, Rivers, Sea, Stream

The Rhythm Of The Rain

Issac is playing with a jar of water in his favorite pool on the side of the mountain until it starts to rain. When the rain stops, he follows the streams of water down the mountainside, over a waterfall, and into deeper and wider rivers.  Through the countryside and through the city, Issac wonders where the water from his jar has gone.  Eventually it reaches the great ocean.  Storms occur and some of the water climbs, as mist, into the sky.  The mist cools and turns into a cloud that floats over a mountain in a country far away from Issac’s pool.  Rain falls and the cycle begins again as it has done for millions of years.  Digitally created full-bleed landscapes of blues and greens (with silver rain on the book jacket) show the story of the water cycle. mjw
Title: The Rhythm Of The Rain
Author: Grahame Baker-Smith
Illustrator
: Grahame Baker-Smith
Publisher
: Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0575-6
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4 up
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Bath, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: Bath, England
Awards
: 2011 Kate Greenaway Medal
Subjects
: Rain, Rivers, Water cycle, Weather

You’re Strong With Me

A new baby giraffe bounds through the grasslands and her mother tells her not to wander off on her own. The mother explains the oxpecker bird, fire, baby fish in the creek, and always proclaims, “…you’re strong with me.” Shades of brown and gold and triangle and diamond shapes are reminiscent of African textiles.  The original artwork was created with ink on paper and completed digitally.  Companion books are You’re Safe With Me and You’re Snug With Memjw
Title: You’re Strong With Me
Author: Chitra Soundar
Illustrator
: Poonam Mistry
Publisher
: Lantana Publishing Ltd.  London
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-911373-75-9
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Folklore
Book setting
: African Grasslands
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian born British
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: U.K.
Awards
: 2019 Kate Greenaway Shortlist
Subjects
: Baby animals, Giraffes, Grasslands, New experiences, Parents

Cherry Blossom And Paper Planes

Adin and Dina are best friends.   They live on a farm and share a love of cherries, climbing the trees to eat the fruit, and saving the pits to plant around the village.  When Adin moves to the city, Dina misses him and her summer becomes long and lonely.  Adin is lonely, too, in the city.  Dina’s father takes her to the city to visit Adin.  They climb to a balcony on Adin’s apartment building and fold paper airplanes that can hold the cherry pits.  They send the planes into the air.  After a long winter apart, spring arrives and the blossoming cherry trees seem to provide a trail between the two best friends.  The rich illustrations that are hand-drawn using gouache and pen gently depict the green and yellow village and the city Adin and his mother move to.  This is a sensitive story about the power of friendship. mjw
Title: Cherry Blossom And Paper Planes
Author: Jef Aerts
Illustrator
: Sanne te Loo
Publisher
: Floris Books
Copyright
: 2020
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: Polly Lawson
Original Title
: Kersenhemel
Original Publisher
: Em Querido’s Uitgeverij
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-178250-561-7
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Subjects
: Cherry blossoms, Cities, Farms, Paper planes, Farms

The Jasmine Sneeze

Haroun is a happy cat living in Damascus, Syria.  He loves lazing and sleeping on the marble floor next to the fountain in his favorite courtyard.  But Haroun has a problem.  The fragrance of the beautiful jasmine flowers causes him to sneeze.  He decides to eradicate the problem by putting old fish skeletons, chicken bones, and other stinky smells into the jasmine tree pots. However, the jasmine spirit is watching his every move.  She is not happy and so she counter attacks Haroun in a funny way.  Haroun learns his lesson and peace returns to Damascus.  The illustrations are bright and cheery.  An author’s note explains more about Damascus, the City of Jasmine.  mjw
Title: The Jasmine Sneeze
Author: Nadine Kaadan
Illustrator
: Nadine Kaadan
Publisher
: Lantana Publishing, Ltd.
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Lantana Publishing Ltd. United Kingdom
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-911373-31-5
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Damascus, Syria
Author’s ethnicity
: Syrian
Author’s residence
: United Kingdom
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Syrian
Illustrator’s residence
: United Kingdom
Subjects
: Cats, Flowers, Jasmine

Patience, Miyuki

A young Japanese girl Miyuki anxiously awaits spring with her grandfather.  One sleepy flower doesn’t bloom and Miyuki goes in search of the finest water to awaken the precious and delicate flower.  Her grandfather suggests that she just sit in the sunshine with him and watch and wait.  The magical illustrations with bold origami floral patterns are rendered in watercolor and colored pencils.  They invite children to pay attention to the natural world. mjw
Title: Patience, Miyuki
Author: Roxane Marie Galliez
Illustrator
: Seng Sound Ratanavanh
Publisher
: Princeton Architectural Press. New York
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Attends Miyuki
Original Publisher
: De La Martiniere Jeunesse. Paris
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-61689-843-4
Hardcover pages
: 28
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Japan
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: Saint-Etienne, France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Subjects
: Flowers, Gardens, Grandfathers, Kindness, Patience, Spring, Water

Koala

Beautiful watercolor illustrations and interesting text introduce young readers to koalas.  Baby koalas are called joeys.  They drink milk in their mothers’ pouches.  The koala in this story gets swatted from his mother’s pouch because it is time for him to find his own way, forage for food, and escape from predators.  Factual material is included in smaller print.  The last page of the book contains even more information about koalas. The book concludes with an index. mjw
Title: Koala
Author: Claire Saxby
Illustrator
: Julie Vivas
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0896-2
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Nonfiction, Information Book
Book setting
: Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Melbourne, Australia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Australian
Illustrator’s residence
: Sydney, Australia
Subjects
: Australia, Eucalypts, Koalas, Marsupials, Zoology

Hello, Crow!

Franny is a dreamer. Her dad calls her Franny Featherhead. She loves listening to the cries of the birds in the branches outside.  To her, every bug, every leaf, and every petal is shimmering with wonder. She meets a crow that brings her presents in its beak.  Her dad doesn’t believe that she can have a crow as a friend, so she takes him out to her favorite spot to wait for the crow, to prove that they are friends. Information about crows is included in this fun story illustrated with vivid drawings. mjw
Title: Hello, Crow!
Author: Candace Savage
Illustrator
: Chelsea O’Byrne
Publisher
: Greystone Kids Books
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77164-444-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Saskatchewan, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Vancouver, Canada
Subjects
: Animal behavior, Birds, Crows, Outdoor activities, Self-esteem

Panthera Tigris

A highly educated scientist whose knowledge is astounding realizes that he knows nothing about Bengal tigers.  He reads every book about tigers that he can find and concludes that he must travel to the Indian jungle to learn more.  After his long journey, he asks a local hunter to be his guide.  He proceeds to tell the guide all he knows about tigers. He doesn’t stop talking and the guide never gets a word in.  When confronted by a magnificent tiger, the guide climbs the nearest tree and the scientist learns that the guide’s practical experience is best.  The tale is inspired by Swami Prajnanpad, a modern Indian guru and philosopher (1891-1974).  Fine lined drawings splashed with greens, browns, and neon orange complement the humorous text.  They include complicated diagrams and anatomical details. mjw
Title: Panthera Tigris
Author: Sylvain Alzial
Illustrator
: Helene Rajcak
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. Grand Rapids, Michigan
Copyright
: 2019
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Vineet Lal and Sarah Ardizzone
Original Title
: Panthera Tigris
Original Publisher
: Rouergue. Paris
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-0-802855299
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Monaco
Author’s residence
: Paris
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris
Subjects
: Bengal tigers, Humor, Scientific expeditions

The Dot (The Dot That Couldn’t Sit Still)

Once upon a time there was a dot in the big broad universe.  One day, it gets tired of sitting still and starts to move around. The dot meets other dots and together they make shapes – squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles.  The shapes realize they can make a house. They are amazed by what they can make if they work together – highrises, the sun, the moon, and even a boy, a girl, and a cat.  The brief text is accompanied by stark black and white drawings with bright red, yellow, and orange accents.  The book is a celebration of creativity. mjw
Title: The Dot
Author: Gulnar Hajo
Illustrator
: Gulnar Hajo
Publisher
: Darf Children’s Books. London
Copyright
: 201
Original Language
: Arabic
Translator
: Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
Original Title
: Hekayat Nuqta’ala dafter abyadh
Original Publisher
: Bright Fingers Publishing House. Damascus, Syria
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-85077-329-0
Paperback pages
: 20
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Syrian
Author’s residence
: Istanbul
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Syrian
Illustrator’s residence
: Istanbul
Subjects
: Creativity, Shapes, Universe